Reyna migrated to Canada in 2011 with her family from the Philippines. She is the first one in her family out of her four siblings to study at a Canadian university and she is in her 4thyear as a Biochemistry major at SFU. She is currently doing her full-time Co-op program at Environment and Climate Change Canada as an assistant chemical evaluator. From time to time, she works as a youth program facilitator at MOSAIC and ISS of BC. She is passionate about social justice issues and on a personal journey of fostering a culture of environmental awareness. Reyna is adventurous when it comes to food, loves to sing and travel.
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.